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Candlelight vigil held for 3 children killed in Las Vegas

Posted at 4:14 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 12:44:06-04

About a dozen people gathered together Tuesday night to honor three children killed in recent weeks.

The vigil was at Sunset Park, where the mother of 3-year-old Daniel Theriot reported him missing Sunday. The boy's body was later found in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

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In a similar case, the mother of 3-year-old Dejah Hunt reported her daughter missing on Aug. 23 before the girl's body was found in a duffel bag in an apartment closet near Lake Mead and Hollywood boulevards.

In addition to the two 3-year-old kids, 8-year-old Levi was killed after his parents' vehicle was T-boned by a driver who went through a red light at Eastern and Harmon avenues on Aug. 31. 

"I'm a mother as well," said Erika Greisen-Leach. 

Greisen-Leach organized the event. She was one of the volunteers who had searched Sunset Park this weekend after Daniel Theriot was reported missing.  Deeply touched by the recent deaths, Greisen-Leach wanted to mourn and pray with the community.

Many in attendance were fighting back tears.

"I think we have to take a stand, we have to at least, do this, and come and say we care," said Carrol Carter.

13 Action News spoke with a grandfather who had felt compelled to come to the vigil.

"It just hurts," said Terry Walton.